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Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost nation on the Indochina Peninsula. It is bordered by the People's Republic of China to the north, Cambodia to the southwest and Laos to the northwest. On the country's vast east coast lies the South China Sea. With a population of approximately 85 million, Vietnam is one of the most densely populated nations in Southeast Asia.

Despite its ongoing economic development and the associated pressures, this delightful country has managed to preserve its rich civilisation and highly cultured society. It has discarded its post-war hang-ups and the increase in long-haul budget travelling, coupled with the softening of government control, have enabled a more contemporary and relevant portraits of the country to gain acceptance in the West.

Many visitors to Vietnam are taken aback by the wondrous beauty of the country's natural setting, the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in traditional costume.

There are some fantastic beaches along the coast, whilst inland there are spectacular mountains, often cloaked by dense, misty forests. Vietnam offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty and it is rapidly opening up to the outside world.

Map of Vietnam